NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Lamar is taking a philosophical approach to being shut out at the Grammy Awards.
Lamar, one of Sunday night’s top nominees with seven nods, was shut out, prompting four-time winner Macklemore to send a text of apology later that night after winning best rap album.
“It’s well-deserved. He did what he did, man,” Lamar told XXL magazine. “He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason. The universe comes back around. That’s how it go.”
Lamar made the remarks after a performance of “Backstreet Freestyle” at rapper Dom Kennedy’s show Tuesday night in New York. They come two days after The Recording Academy’s voters gave Macklemore & Ryan Lewis three trophies in the rap categories, angering some in the hip-hop community. Macklemore and Lewis also won best new artist.
There was an effort by the academy’s rap committee to exclude Macklemore and Lewis from the rap categories, but it was overruled and the Seattle duo won best rap album for “The Heist” and best rap song and rap performance for “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz — a pop hit that sold more than 7 million copies.